Dealing with the Wolf Population Crisis in Northern Wisconsin: A Call for Action

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  • Wade's avatar

    I’d go and kill everyone of them I could find. Dogs are part of the family. For a lot of people it’s like losing a child. Some people don’t understand this. They say it’s just an animal but dogs will be loyal to you when people want. Dogs truly are man’s best friend. Sorry for y’all’s loss brother! Praying for you and your family!

  • Jimmy's avatar

    @Wade I understand that! Not my dog or family’s dog, just something that has happened near us

  • Lisa's avatar

    I'm sorry this family had this happen to their greatly loved pet.
    However, I get pretty ticked off at families that just let their pets out and do not stay with them. And 2am is a PERFECT time for wolves to do their hunting. Again, I hate this happened. We live in Ohio and in a very busy community. We have a 9lb dog and we go OUTSIDE with the dog every single time she goes out. Why?? We have very healthy coyotes here. There use to be a lot of stray cats, but not anymore.
    This is a hunting platform, and I hate to say it...the images aren't that graphic. I mean, we've pulled guts out of animals countless times. Again, HATE this happened to a family pet, but we share this world with wildlife. If you love something, protect it. Don't open the door and let your pet out while you go to the bathroom, unless you're peeing off the porch. Every person should have the right to blast any predator that actually IS coming onto your property and is causing harm or a threat, right? But one better have the proof, because you know what's gonna happen if you don't.

  • Lisa's avatar

    The more I think about this the more aggravated I get.
    Wolves KILL to eat. Like, of course they are "killing machines," as this Greg-Lisa Martinsen wrote. Why wouldn't a wolf go after a nice sized animal that seems to have only a limited (assuming) "territory," and it can help sustain them? They aren't getting out their laptops and googling if this source of food is off limits or not. Shoot, people have fast food and do things that are convenient when they are hungry. So we suppose a wild animal should just "know better" and stay away from an easy source of food? I, again, am sorry these people lost their pet to such a horrible situation..but I see this as their fault. And if they have wolves in their area, you better bet that they better not let their kids wander around in the woods like it's Disney. People are getting lazy, imo. Everything is everyone else's fault. Or blame the stupid wolves. Prior to moving from Ohio to Montana I loved wolves. After 8 years in Montana, my opinion changed. This "SSS" that you didn't want anyone to talk about, was NECESSARY. Ranchers HAD to do what they had to do. I would too.
    I can just imagine how I'd feel if I saw my dog with her side eaten out. But I'd feel like the biggest idiot for not taking better care of her and protecting her. Wolves EAT meat! People eat McDonald's (God forbid. Lol).
    Yes, I need to SHUT UP.
    I'm not upset with you, Jimmy. I just am tired of people (Greg-Lisa & in-laws) blaming everything but themselves. Our world is changing everywhere. Like you said, God forbid anything happen to a child! We best be parenting and protecting!
    Thanks for tolerating my excessively long comments.

  • Jimmy's avatar

    @Lisa I understand what you’re saying. However I strongly disagree. I feel i should be able to let my dogs outside without having to watch them every second. I should also be able to let my kids go outside and play, without me having to be a helicopter parent and watch every step they take. These wolves need to be managed so that they fear humans again. It’s not that humans are getting lazy, hell I was outside 24/7 when I was younger. And I like my kids to be able to do the same. If they’re picking off family pets then there are too many wolves.

  • Eric's avatar

    I’m so sorry this happened I’m in southeast Wisconsin and would love to come help you with your problem.

  • Mike's avatar

    Just once I’d like to read an article that makes sense to me as to why wolves are a necessary part of our ecology that we can’t do without. I’m not saying we need to eradicate every last one, but why are they protected when they continually demonstrate their absolute destructive nature and dangers? The Canadian and Alaskan bush, sure. Populated Midwest? Nope…

  • Jeff's avatar

    That poor thing didn't have a chance! What a lot of people don't realize is exactly how territorial wolves actually are. They don't see any domestic pup as that, they see an invader. Ask any houndsman in wolf territory. We as hunter and outdoor lovers need to stand together and fight.
    I understand that why people get pro-wolf, they're amazing animals. However, what people don't like to think about is how they live, hunt and how violent they actually are.

  • Jimmy's avatar

    @Mike yep, I agree 100% Mike. It blows my mind. For Wisconsin, in 2014, it took two months to kill 117 wolves. In 2021, it took 3 days to kill 216….. I bet today it wouldn’t take 24 hrs to kill 300 wolves.

  • Lisa's avatar

    @Jimmy it's OK you disagree. But if I'm living some place where there are predators, it doesn't make a single person a "helicopter parent "😂 to protect their child.
    And if you're letting your dog out to roam, we'll, then it's fair game to predators and vehicles. We lost our family dog, when I was a kid, because my mom felt very strongly about not dogs being confined. So our dog went where it wanted. And the last time it went under a truck. Sooo....we all get free will to make our own choices. I don't gamble with things I love. But if you think you guys can get people in there to scare off the wolves and back them out of this new territory they clearly have claimed. That's great. I wish you all the best.

  • Casey's avatar

    It's all connected

  • Lisa's avatar

    Family friends in Superior, MT have a pack of dogs. The smallest one got picked up by a bald eagle 🦅.
    They use to let their dogs roam free all the time. USE TO. Now, they go out with the dogs and pack a gun. Just like me, they will blast the heads off of anything that threatens their family or their pets. It takes effort to protect. Hopefully your "legislators" can get people in there to manage your area where everyone doesn't have to share the space with the wildlife. Do a wolf hunt! Blast them all out of your area.💢 👍🏻 I'm sure no one is just letting Fido wander around anymore now anyway.
    People let their dogs wander loose and during hunting season they go onto public hunting grounds and scare off the food on 4-legs or the turkeys for everyone that's counting on meat for the family. That's another topic. But CONTAIN your pet you're responsible for and then protect it until they are gone. Maybe that's all I should have wrote and not the massive long comments. Yep. If the numbers are too high, then let's do a massive wolf hunt and eradicate them! An interesting article:
    https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/the-wolf-that-changed-america-wolf-wars-americas-campaign-to-eradicate-the-wolf/4312/

  • Jimmy's avatar

    @Lisa I understand what you’re saying. But there’s a difference in letting a dog wander aimlessly outside, vs letting them outside to go to the bathroom. And one could argue that a chained up dog woukd make it an even easier kill for a wolf. My biggest concern is my kids. Like I said, they should be able to play outside without a parent and without fear of getting attacked by a wolf. We do agree on getting the right people in office and having a wolf season. And I definitely will protect my family no matter what, at any cost. But this is a good discussion, on a very challenging and controversial topic. Every person has their own opinions, and way of doing things. Like I said to Mike. It took 24 hrs to kill 216 wolves in 2021.. in 2014 it took 2 months to kill 117… and there are way more wolves now then there ever has been. A season is needed no doubt!

  • T.J.'s avatar

    Sad...

  • Gerald's avatar

    @Mike exactly.. they have their place.. in the far north and bigger woods and wildernesses.. not down here in the lower 48

  • Gerald's avatar

    @Jimmy too many!

  • Mike's avatar

    @Gerald 👊👍

  • Chasing's avatar

    @Mike we know exactly why they’re protected and still being introduced. To eradicate hunting. The writing is on the wall.

  • Mike's avatar

    @Chasing yep, no doubt. Too bad the locals out west don’t realize that decreasing the nonresident tag allocation each year is dividing and conquering from within our own ranks. I’m not nearly as motivated to spend money and time fighting it with them when I’m lucky to draw every 6 years and pay over 10 times what they do for a tag…

  • Jeff's avatar

    @Mike I'm not a fan of how my state does the tag system for the non-resident hunters either. I also know that when you and your friends do come in and hunt and fish, how much impact that has on not only the local economy but FWP budget directly.
    We need to do everything we can to stop the unnecessary infighting and focus our efforts where they actually need to go, ie- these anti-hunting groups and the political influence they have.
    We need to get off our collective asses and get out and vote, call or email the people in office to stop this ballotbox science. I sign my name to every petition that Howl for Wildlife puts up. We as outdoor lovers need to start putting our collective money where our mouth is.
    My apologies for the rant, but us fighting amongst ourselves over frivolous matters is helping them out. Why should anyone care about any method of take as long as it's legal? I support all of it.

  • Mike's avatar

    @Jeff amen brother! I agree with all of that. Lobbying by the outfitters is probably the biggest problem. The mule deer I shot in Colorado last year took me 20 years to draw. I ran into a local that got in with 5. We both shot dandies while the outfitters, according to him, were struggling to find deer because their clients couldn’t handle the elevation and get in as deep. But, they still got their money.

  • Jimmy's avatar

    @Wade @Mike sounds like they gave the family 4 kill tags. Which is great!

  • Mike's avatar

    @Jimmy oh man…. I’d be on a mission…..

  • Jimmy's avatar

    @Mike lol oh yes

  • Jayden's avatar

    man that’s sad i would never let that happen i would be depressed and i would kill every wolf i’d see

  • Amy's avatar

    The front range voted to release wolves back in Colorado. Those individuals won’t have to contend with that decision on a daily basis like the farmers, ranchers living in the areas where the wolves were recently released. It’s devastating to say the least. I voted against it, moved before OR gave CO some to release. Sorry for the pooch miserable way to go.

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